Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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COURAGE-BAG, n. comb. The scrotum (Gall. 1825 Jam.2). Obs. except in poet. use. Sc.(E) 1926  “H. M'Diarmid” Drunk Man . . . Thistle 22:
— Jean kens the set o' my bluid owre weel, And lauchs to see me in the creel O' my courage-bag confined.
Kcb. 1789  D. Davidson Seasons 47:
Ilk yaul-cuted heifer, round thee [castrated bull] playing, In merriment, tossing her glaiket head Beneath thy wyme, licks down thy boozy lisk, And, rubs thy courage-bag, now toom's a whussle.

[From obs. Eng. courage, sexual vigour and inclination, lust; last quot. 1615 (N.E.D.).]

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